As you probably know, this season the NHL banned all pregame theme jerseys (Pride, military, heritage, etc.) after last season’s Pride jersey controversy. Most teams are still holding Pride Night promotions this season, and they’re even commissioning new Pride jerseys, which they’re auctioning off for charity, but those jerseys are not being worn by the players during their pregame skate.
The Devils, however, have come up with a workaround for their Pride Night, which is tomorrow. The team announced today that when the players arrive at the arena prior to tomorrow’s game against the Oilers, they will be wearing this year’s Pride jersey (shown above), which was designed by local artist Kathryn Kennedy. Per ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski, this move is permissible as long as the players don’t wear the jerseys on the ice.
It’s not yet clear if all New Jersey players will wear the Pride design or if some will opt out.
The team will presumably share photos of the player arrivals on social media, and the jerseys will then be auctioned off to benefit the HIV services provider Hyacinth.
The move is the latest development in the NHL’s back-and-forth maneuvering over Pride messaging. Earlier this year, the league banned the use of rainbow-patterned Pride stick tape but quickly backpedaled when players and teams indicated that they’d use the tape despite the ban.